OGD Breaks FY Record on Approvals!

Despite a slow start to FY 2018 due, in most part, to the elemental impurities issue, the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has broken the FY record for number of approvals.  We are not quite sure by how much just yet because the numbers can continue to roll in over the next few days, but as it stands now,

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Me KASA es Su KASA – Long Overdue but Very Welcome

On Thursday (September 20th), the FDA held a meeting of the Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee to discuss the Agency’s plans for implementation of the Knowledge‑aided Assessment and Structured Application program (KASA).  The FDA presented to the Advisory Committee two primary goals of the KASA program.  On the one hand, it is intended to make the review of the CMC section of NDAs,

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Final ANDA Submission Guidance Published Today

The FDA has updated and finalized its guidance “ANDA Submissions – Content and Format”   (here). The 38-page document goes into even more detail than the previous drafts and provides expanded explanations for certain sections and requirements for documents.

There is advice for each eCTD section and even an expanded Cover Sheet format suggested in Appendix A of the document. 

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FDA Takes Action on Opioids – Approves Final REMS

Yesterday the FDA announced the approval of a final REMS “governing the use of immediate-release opioid analgesic medications.”  And the FDA did it in a big way, approving some 437 supplements for the various immediate-release opioid products.  The FDA stated in its new release (here):

This new plan includes several measures to help better communicate the serious risks about the use of opioid pain medications to patients and health care professionals.  

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FDA Is Eliminating Regulations? Here’s One that Makes Sense!

The FDA has announced a proposed rule to repeal its regulation requiring any drug product that uses irradiation to be approved under an NDA or ANDA.  The Notice states that “this action is part of FDA’s implementation of Executive Orders (EOs) 13771 and 13777.  Under these EOs, FDA is comprehensively reviewing existing regulations to identify opportunities for repeal,

August Official Approvals and Receipts Released as OGD Approaches Record Year

The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) released its official approval and receipt numbers late yesterday.  August saw 53 full approvals and 15 tentative approvals, leaving OGD 44 ANDA full approvals away from matching their previous FY record of 763 from FY 2017.  These approvals are quite an accomplishment given the fact that the slowdown in the first few months of calendar year 2018 was so drastic.

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No Easy Solutions for Complex Generics Yet

The Complex Generic Drug Development Workshop is currently being held in Silver Spring, Maryland September 12‑13, 2018.  In her keynote address at the FDA’s Small Business and Industry Assistance (SBIA) workshop on complex generic drug development, Kathleen Cook Uhl stated that complex drug products are critical to the care of many serious medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis,

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Reduced Testing, but Not Reduced Expectations

Reduced testing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), excipients, and other raw materials can be a valid approach to gaining overall efficiencies in the pharmaceutical quality control laboratory.  However, the choice of tests to perform and the justification for choosing those tests are key elements of operating a compliant Reduced Testing Program that is also scientifically sound.

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Bending, Breaking or Moving On: FDA Expands on its 2018 Compounding Policies Priorities

On September 7, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated that the FDA will expand on their implementation of their 2018 Compounding Priorities Plan and that they feel like they must continue to balance the need to preserve access to appropriately compounded drugs for patients who have a medical need for these products with the need to help protect patients from poor quality compounded drugs that could potentially cause harm to patients.

The Devil is in the Details:  Requirements for State Boards of Pharmacy under the Draft Standard MOU Regarding 503A Compounding and Intrastate and Interstate Distribution

The FDA estimates that the burden of information collection under their newly revised draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (here) and reporting to the FDA to be about 7600 hours per year per state (assuming approximately 2000 work hours per year; this equates to about four new employees per year per state).  

Where There is Smoke, There is Fire!

The FDA’s Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., Deputy Director, Regulatory Programs, in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), gave a presentation on April 12, 2016 entitled, “FDA Regulation of Marijuana: Past Action, Future Plans.”  A key take-away from the presentation was that the Agency supports the development of drugs derived from marijuana (MJ).  This included mention of a guidance on the use of botanicals and the availability of Agency tools for expedited development (i.e.,

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Changes to Drug Substance Draft Guidance Come to Town!

The GDUFA II reauthorization process involved a lot of agreements from the FDA.  One of those agreements was for the Agency to publish a guidance on changes to drug substances that addressed the type of changes, their categories for submission (PAS, CBE, CBE-30, or annual report) and the necessary documentation that must be submitted to support the proposed changes.  

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History is written by people who attend meetings: especially when it comes to complex generics

The GRx+Biosims Conference held in Baltimore, MD from September 5-7, had a session on the GDUFA II Pre-ANDA Program for Complex Products on the last day, presented by FDA.

The presenter, Kris Andre, Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Research and Standards, Office of Generic Drugs (OGD), discussed in detail the logistics and agency’s expectations related to the meetings for complex generics.

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